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The Possession

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Director: Ole Bornedal

Cast: Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick, Natasha Calis


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Inspired by Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Gornstein's article "A Jinx in a Box," this horror film from Ghost House Pictures and director Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch) tells the tale of a broken family that comes under attack from a malevolent supernatural entity of Jewish folklore. Shortly after her


Inspired by Los Angeles Times writer Leslie Gornstein's article "A Jinx in a Box," this horror film from Ghost House Pictures and director Ole Bornedal (Nightwatch) tells the tale of a broken family that comes under attack from a malevolent supernatural entity of Jewish folklore. Shortly after her parents (Jeffrey Dean Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick) divorce, a young girl purchases an ornate antique box at a yard sale. In the weeks that follow, the young girl forms an intense fixation on the box, her behavior growing increasingly bizarre as she falls into the grip of a diabolical apparition. When the girl's father discovers that the relic is in fact a holding cell for the disconnected soul of a deceased person who has been denied entry into the afterlife and needs a human host to inhabit, he fights to rid her of the evil that threatens to consume her body and soul.

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All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Danish director Ole Bornedal teams up with producer Sam Raimi and delivers a real-deal horror film with The Possession. In many ways, the movie is a kick-start to the heart of PG-13 horror. Much like Gore Verbinski's remake of The Ring, The Possession delivers the spine-tingling goods in a classy, extremely cinematic fashion. The story is one where the scenes are flush with character moments, making the horrific events all the more intense. Though the picture shares certain strands of Raimi's DNA, The Possession turns out to be very much in the vein of classic films such as The Omen and The Exorcist, thanks to its deliberate pace and polished tone. Actor Jeffrey Dean Morgan excels as the lead, giving a soul to his role that is both unexpected and refreshing, while Natasha Calis turns in an outrageously creepy performance as the besieged child. Needless to say, admirers of time-honored genre pieces should be happy with what they see here. Hearkening back to 2009's The Unborn, the movie explores demonic possessions from a Jewish angle. While this picture does not feature the acting chops of Gary Oldman, it impresses even more with its own low-key star power, with Morgan and Kyra Sedgwick anchoring the production as a divorced couple whose daughter, Em (Calis), becomes obsessed -- and changed -- by a mysterious box she finds at a yard sale. Turns out, the piece is a Dybbuk Box, a Jewish item from ancient folklore that purportedly houses an evil spirit. When things start to go awry with Em, her father is blamed for his not-so-squeaky-clean approach to the parenting of her and her sister Hannah (nicely played by Madison Davenport). As the situation gets worse, it's apparent that young Em and the box must be separated, but first her father will need the help of a Jewish cleric named Tzadoc, stunningly played by real-life Jewish reggae-rapper Matisyahu. What follows is a film that sticks to the genre's conventions, while still imbuing it with enough style and heart to keep the drama fresh and engaging. And it really is that mix of craft and emotion that sets The Possession apart from its contemporaries. For sure, the trappings of the all-too-popular found-footage style are nowhere to be seen here. Even the final moments, while predictable considering the subject matter, effectively amp up the terror while still keeping the audience engaged in the story. Thankfully, Bornedal takes his time with the proceedings, letting the actors breathe life into their characters -- a roll of the dice that never comes off as labored, even if the feel is diametrically opposed to many of the Hollywood movies passing themselves off as horror flicks these days. An all-around impressive outing for Raimi's Ghost House Pictures, who seemed to have given Bornedal the room he needed to deliver such a finely crafted production. Disquieting, lush in style, and most importantly, emotionally engaging, The Possession is a throwback to celebrated cinematic horror of old. Let's just hope the crummy track record of the film's PG-13 brethren doesn't scare away the fans that will honestly respond to a picture genuinely this great.

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Lions Gate
Region Code:
[Wide Screen]
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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Special Features

Audio Commentary with Director Ole Bornedal; Audio Commentary with Writers Juliet Snowden and Stiles White; "The Real History of The Dibbuk Box" Featurette; Theatrical Trailer; ; Closed Caption

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jeffrey Dean Morgan Clyde
Kyra Sedgwick Stephanie
Natasha Calis Em
Madison Davenport Hannah
Matisyahu Tzadok
Grant Show Brett
Rob La Belle Russell
Nana Gbewonyo Darius
Anna Hagan Eleanor
Brenda Crichlow Miss Shandy
Jay Brazeau Professor McMannis
Iris Quinn Doctor
Graeme Duffy Lab Tech
Chris Shields Assistant Coach
Adam Young Preston
Jim Thorburn First Responder
Quinn Lord Student
Nimet Kanji Nurse Patty
James O'Sullivan Pest Control Guy
Marilyn Norry Principal
Armin Chaim Kornfeld Rebbe Shah
John Cassini Stephanie's Attorney
Josh Whyte Player
Greg Rogers Dr. Walterson
Agam Darshi Court Representative
Jarett John Moss
Tim Perez Officer
Cameron Sprague Abyzou
Jordan Stein Hasidic Teen
Charles Siegel Hasidic #1
Ari Solomon Hasidic #2
Alex Bruhanski Hasidic #3
Richard Newman Hasidic #4
Robert Morrissette Hasidic #5
Sol Pavony Hasidic Rabbi
Erin Simms Possessed Italian Girl
Frank Ferrucci Italian Priest
Sharmaine Yeoh Possessed Islamic Girl
Antoine Safi Islamic Male Exorcist
Ned Bellamy Trevor

Technical Credits
Ole Bornedal Director
Eric L. Beason Editor
Linda Cohen Musical Direction/Supervision
Joe Drake Executive Producer
Nigel Evans Art Director
Carla Hetland Costumes/Costume Designer
Nathan Kahane Executive Producer
Kelli Konop Co-producer
Dan Laustsen Cinematographer
Nicole Brown Co-producer,Executive Producer
Mark Noda Sound Mixer
Rachel O'Toole Production Designer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Michael Paseornek Executive Producer
Sam Raimi Producer
Jim Ramsey Set Decoration/Design
John Sacchi Executive Producer
Anton Sanko Score Composer
Kimberly Sato Choreography
Peter Schlessel Executive Producer
Gary Blair Smith Asst. Director
Juliet Snowden Screenwriter
Mark M. Soparlo Set Decoration/Design
Stephen Susco Co-producer
Robert Tapert Producer
Jussi Tegelman Sound/Sound Designer
Bill Terezakis Makeup Special Effects
Maureen Webb Casting
Stan Wertlieb Executive Producer
Stiles White Screenwriter
J.R. Young Producer

Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Possession
1. Scene 1 [3:36]
2. Scene 2 [4:23]
3. Scene 3 [2:59]
4. Scene 4 [2:25]
5. Scene 5 [4:30]
6. Scene 6 [2:55]
7. Scene 7 [4:13]
8. Scene 8 [5:04]
9. Scene 9 [4:53]
10. Scene 10 [4:00]
11. Scene 11 [3:59]
12. Scene 12 [3:12]
13. Scene 13 [3:45]
14. Scene 14 [2:47]
15. Scene 15 [2:36]
16. Scene 16 [1:43]
17. Scene 17 [4:49]
18. Scene 18 [3:48]
19. Scene 19 [2:34]
20. Scene 20 [3:43]
21. Scene 21 [5:03]
22. Scene 22 [6:52]
23. Scene 23 [2:39]
24. Scene 24 [5:31]


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The Possession 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The concept of this movie was fairly new to me, a demon in a box. As far as the creep factor goes, this one is good with several scary scenes. The characters are real and whole. Jeff Morgan does an excelllent job as Clyde, a basketball coach with two daughters going through a divorce.The plot moves pretty smoothly. There are a couple of cheesy moments, like when the demon shoes up on an MRI, but it's not too bad in that regard. The ending has a couple of good twist. Overall, a horror classic.